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New £20m Brexit Support Fund for SMEs

The government has made £20 million available through the SME Brexit Support Fund. Provided you meet certain eligibility criteria, HMRC may provide funding towards the costs of training and/or professional advice, to help you with changes to trade rules with the EU. What grants are available through the grant scheme?Traders can apply for up to …

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Post-Brexit EU import controls to be delayed for six months

The introduction of post-Brexit border controls on some imports from the European Union into Great Britain has been delayed because of coronavirus disruption. The Government had agreed to phase in customs requirements for GB imports from the EU over a six-month period in the first half of 2021, but has now extended the timetable by …

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Genuine GB-NI trade movements should not be subject to customs controls, says Academy dean

The Dean of the UK Customs Academy, Professor David Widdowson, has said genuine NI-GB trade should not be subject to customs controls. Writing for ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ he said there were two ways for NI-GB trade to be handled, in the event of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol coming into play after the …

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Generalised System of Preferences

This article covers the concept of Generalised Systems of Preference (GSP) which is intended to provide least developed countries (LDCs) with the opportunity to export goods to other countries on preferential trade terms. These terms mean various goods such as textiles and clothing enter developed markets such as the European Union at reduced or zero …

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Duty Matters: Can HMRC Prevent Importers from Gaining Inward Processing on a Retrospective Basis?

Importers need to be fully authorised under inward processing procedure prior to the importation of goods, in order to benefit from a duty relief. However, can HMRC grant retrospective authorisation on goods imported to free circulation, when an importer realises that the goods should have been imported under inward processing procedure? In its public notice …

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Reviewing the level of bank guarantees for customs special procedures

Guarantees for Customs Special Procedures Following the introduction of the Union Customs Code in 2016, there was a requirement for traders to provide guarantees to support potential import duties and VAT liabilities to customs. Potential liabilities can arise from customs special procedures such as Customs Warehousing and Inward Processing. Liabilities are also due for goods …

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Brexit may seem a long time ago…

Quite understandably COVID-19 has taken the attention away from Brexit and for many businesses the current situation is about ensuring sources of supply, production and getting paid. In future blogs we shall expand on these important points in relation to the impact on specific business sectors. Please share your experiences with us and what you …

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